In the Series 9 episode "Before the Flood", the Doctor interacts with the Fisher King. I couldn't help but notice that when the Fisher King spoke its creepy voice, it sounded like the 456 alien from Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Are they the same aliens?

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The 456, voiced by Simon Poland, had

three "heads", connected to one body via three long necks, possibly a conjoined triplet species. It resembled a large, plucked, three-headed swan.


The Fisher King, voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, had a single head and resembled a human with a boat over its head:

Fisher King

These two aliens look very different from each other, and there's no reason to think they're the same species. Plus they were voiced by different actors.

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    Also the Fisher King showed no difficulty surviving in normal Earth atmosphere, while the 456 ambassador teleported into a tank filled with "25% nitrosyl chloride, 22% hydrogen chloride, 20% nitrogen, 12% fluorine, 9% hydrogen cyanide, 6% acetone, and 6% phosgene".
    – deltab
    Oct 17, 2015 at 22:06
  • I should mention that my quote is from this page.
    – deltab
    Oct 17, 2015 at 22:25

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